Borderline Personality Disorder Topic Guide
Borderline Personality Disorder: Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is characterized by impulsivity, unstable moods, relationships, and self-image. Symptoms include desperate attempts to prevent real or imagined abandonment, repeated suicidal thoughts or behaviors, or self-mutilation (for example, cutting or burning themselves), unstable and intense relationships with others that alternate between seeing the other person as flawless and as worthless, persistent feelings of emptiness, trouble controlling anger, and short-lived episodes of paranoia or dissociation that are caused by stress. Treatment usually involves some form of psychotherapy, and medications can be helpful in reducing some of the specific mood symptoms of BPD.
Suicidal Thoughts Suicidal thoughts may be brought about by a sudden, negative change in life circumstances, substance abuse, or even sleep deprivation. Suicidal thoughts are troubling, particularly if they're accompanied by substance abuse or depression. If you or someone you know is considering suicide and are unsure how to deal with it, call a suicide hotline, like 1-800-SUICIDE, to get help.